Rated 97 - The NV Solera 1830 Pedro Ximenez is the oldest and most concentrated sweet wine from Alvear. It comes from a solera created in 1830 blended with other very old PXs and released in very small quantities (1,200 bottles every two years). The color is black and dense like melted chocolate with a bright amber edge. It has a nose of extreme concentration and age, noble woods, espresso coffee (make that a ristretto!), vanilla and coconut that I also find in the oldest sweet wines like Toneles from Valdespino or the 1946 PX from Toro Albala. Extraordinarily complex, velvety and fine. As the wine is so dense, during the concentration through age it actually loses alcohol, and it’s bottled at 11.5%. This wine could last forever. Drink 2013-2030. - Wine Advocate.
For over two thousand years, Spain has been responsible for much of Europe's wine production, making the very best of native grape varietals, and more recently experimenting with and perfecting wines made from imported grapes. Of course, the region of La Rioja is renowned world-wide for the quality and characteristics of its wines, which benefit greatly from the warm, dry continental climate of the area, and the fertile soils of the Ebro river basin. However, there is far more to Spanish produce than the complex, aromatic and earthy red wine of this region, as a result of the vast range of wine making traditions and practices, and terrains and climatic conditions found across the country. The region Castilla y Leon produces some of Europe's finest white wines, and the sparkling wines of Cava and the sherries of Jerez are firm favorites for wine lovers around the world.